WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives yesterday quickly approved a bill that would restructure a review board overseeing improvements at Washington-area airports and allow completion of a $1.9 billion, bond-financed capital improvement program at Washington's National and Dulles International Airports.

But the Bush administration "strongly opposes" the bill and will try to have it amended when it hits the Senate floor. Legislation similar to the House bill has been introduced in the Senate, but staff aides could offer no more than a general hope the Senate would consider the measure before Congress adjourns for the year, possibly next week.

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